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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Sunday Thoughts - 9/27/09

Thank God for rest!

This weekend Tracy and I took a much needed break from everybody and everything in San Diego, Ca. We made it to San Diego in one hour and 30 minutes. Normal travel time is about 2.5 hours but I broke every speed law possible. I was on a mission from God…lol

We had good time relaxing and resting. I wish I could say I’m at 100% operating capacity but I would be lying. While I may not at 100%, I’m not at 25% operating capacity so I thank God for making me lie down in green pastures.

Pastor Robert Calvary of Praise Chapel Church preached in my place Sunday and from all reports the members were blessed. Thank you, Pastor Calvary for your ministry service on Sunday.

We got home Sunday afternoon in time for me to go play in my first softball game. We won and it was fun even if we would have loss.

Yesterday, I rested for the most part after doing lawn work at the house. My yard was a mess but looks good now. I cooked dinner for the family. Our menu: Jambalaya, French bread with garlic butter, tomato and cucumber salad with balsamic vinegarette dressing, and brownies for desert.

I ate and watched my Dallas Cowboys play. I’m glad we won but I’m still worried about how the season is going to end for them.

Over the weekend, I started reading a book God-Size Your Church – Beyond Growth for growth Sake by John Jackson. I’m being challenged and helped reading this book. When I’m done I plan on writing a brief review and how I believe it will help the ministry of First Goodwill.

That’s it, that’s all, stay blessed until next time.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Sermon Block-When the Preacher is too tired to study

Over the past few months, I’ve struggled in my study due to extreme exhaustion. The month of September has been the busiest. I over-scheduled myself and it has taken a complete toll on me. This exhaustion that I'm feeling has affected my ability to study adequately.

My normal routine is to gather all my study material, open my bible, get my paper and pen, turn on my laptop, and start reading. Before long, my eyelids are heavy, I’m yawning every two minutes, and then, I’m off to sleep. I've never been a night person when it comes to my studying so I wake up early in the morning when I’m fresh and mind clear of everything to receive what God has to say to me through His word. But lately, my attention span has been like many church members that sit on the front pews, short, even in the mornings.

I have not been able to pull it together. Even after receiving my thesis, points and sub-points, I struggle with the meat of the sermon, illustrations and a clear communication path so I won’t ramble in the pulpit.

My last sermon on Psalms 23 – “He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake” was, in my opinion, my worse presentation of my series. My sermon skeleton was good but I struggled in my communication. I usually write a full manuscript but in this sermon I wrote a ½ sheet of 8-1/2 x 11 paper cut in half and relied on my memory for scriptures and illustrations. I was misquoting passages I knew. I was getting tongue tied trying to move quickly through the message. I messed up illustrations that made my explanation more confusing. My energy level sucked. I had no passion or power. It was bad. I forced this sermon to keep from delaying the series. Big mistake!

Oftentimes, we as preachers don’t like to admit the fact that we become so tired that studying is more of a burden than a blessing. I’ll be the first to admit it, I'm so tired that studying is no fun right now and I dread it every week. I love the word of God. I love to preach it, teach it, share it, study it, meditate on it, and research it. But lately, it’s been a whole different story.

I started thinking about why sermon preparation has become such a burden for me lately. With all of the reasons I could list, I think one answer will sum it all up, I’m human! I get tired physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. There are times when I want to stay home at BBC, Bedside Baptist Church and watch the NFL all day long. Not because I don’t love coming to church but for this expressed reason, I’M TIRED!

I'm not looking for pity so please don't show me any. However, the harsh reality of preaching is that we're human also and if we don't take care of ourselves, we will not be able to give God our best presentation of the Gospel message.

Many of our members, visitors, and friends see the final result of a long week of study. Some weeks are easier than others. But then there are those weeks when you just can’t pull it all together.

The point of this article is that preaching/teaching is not easy and sermons don’t grow on trees. A lot of work is put into expository preaching. God didn't call us to be super-preachers. My body and mind has shut down on me. Green pastures is calling me name.

I want to give God my best in everything I do for Him. I can't do that if I'm tired.

I thank God for strength and grace but now I must have my space! So, this weekend is my renewal weekend to rest. Pray for your pastor (not just me but all pastors) that God will strengthen him by making him lay down and rest.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Sunday Thoughts - 9/20/09

Worship started a little slow yesterday but we had some good church. A son of our church, Brian McGrew, preached in my place yesterday. He did an excellent job, I’m extremely proud of him.

Yesterday afternoon I was privileged to preach for Village Baptist Church Pastored by W Charles Harris. Good time of worship from start to finish! Lady Rose Neale killed everything in the building singing “I Won’t Complain” and then “He’s Done Enough”. Wow!

I preached from a famous passage of scripture, Isaiah 40:28-30, “The Strengthening of the Saints”. God blessed the message. Pastor Harris is a great host for preachers and, again, I say thank you for your hospitality and generosity.

This weekend Tracy and I celebrated 17 years of marriage. We didn’t do anything special this weekend due to our departure to San Diego, Ca this coming weekend. I can’t wait, we need some getaway time, and the count down begins. I did mess up on Saturday because I went to watch the Mayweather vs Marquez fight at my brother's house and stayed out a little longer than expected on our anniversary. Sorry, T-Baby!

The fight was pretty boring if you ask me. I expected much more from both fighters. I’m not a Mayweather fan but he did look good after being off for 2 years. The real fight started during the interview when Shane Mosely came into the ring to challenge Mayweather to a future fight. Mayweather needs to stop running from Mosely and take the fight. I think Mosely will give Mayweather a challenge because of the similarities of boxing styles. Mayweather stop being a busta and fight Mosely…lol…If you have not figured it out I’m a big boxing fan.

My Cowboys….Next…

This week will be no different than the others, busy. I do plan to go over to my home church, Mt Sinai, for their 67th Church Anniversary Revival with Pastor H.B Charles from Shiloh Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida.

I have so many things to write about: the continuation of my online book “Understanding Healing”, Sermon Block – When A Preacher is too tired to study, 2009 Book Reading Review, End of the year Ministry Review, Who’s Fooling Who – Counterfeit Preaching, Kingdom Partnership – Can Two Churches Co-exist in the same building? and so many more.

Until next time, that’s it, that’s all! Have a blessed day.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Happy Wedding Anniversary!

Today Tracy and I celebrate 17 years of marriage. I don't dance like I used to back in the day but here's some memories of what we used to do.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

The Secret To Vision Accomplishment

William Carey was once reproached for spending so much time in prayer that he neglected his business. He replied that supplication, thanksgiving, and intercession were much more important in his life than laying up treasures on earth. “Prayer is my real business!” he said. “Cobbling shoes is a sideline; it just helps me pay expenses.”
The Lord honored Carey’s vigorous faith, for he became a renowned missionary and was mightily used by God in India, Burma, and the East Indies.

Neh. 1:5-6 (NKJV)
And I said: "I pray, Lord God of heaven, O great and awesome God, You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love You and observe Your commandments, [6] please let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open, that You may hear the prayer of Your servant which I pray before You now, day and night, for the children of Israel Your servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel which we have sinned against You. Both my father's house and I have sinned.

Neh. 1:8 (NKJV)
Remember, I pray, the word that You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, 'If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations;

Neh. 1:11 (NKJV)
O Lord, I pray, please let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer of Your servants who desire to fear Your name; and let Your servant prosper this day, I pray, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man." For I was the king's cupbearer.

Neh. 2:4 (NKJV)
Then the king said to me, "What do you request?" So I prayed to the God of heaven.

Neh. 4:9 (NKJV)
Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and because of them we set a watch against them day and night.

See while we plan calendars, programs, seminars, and other things to accomplish the vision of the church. Nehemiah before planning, preparing, and positioning himself for the work of rebuilding walls of Jerusalem, Nehemiah made prayer a high priority.

I believe the secret to vision accomplishment (and that is how much of the vision we’re able to accomplish) lies not in our plans and programs but in our prayer life.

As a church, and people, we are to join God’s vision not to have God join our plans. How do we join into God’s vision for what he wants to do in the church? We need to join God’s vision by making sure prayer is high priority in the church and in our every day life.

Theodore Monod was once telling a little friend about Christ healing blind Bartimaeus. (Mark 10:46-52) “And what,” said he to the boy, “would you have asked from Jesus if you had been blind?” “Oh,” said the child, with glowing face and kindling eyes, “I should have asked him for a nice little dog with a collar and chain, to lead me about.”

How often do we ask for the blind man’s dog instead of the seeing man’s eyes?

What should be the content of our prayers to accomplish the vision set for the church?

I. Pray for Others – Ch.1:5-11

Point: We cannot forget people. In other words, it takes people to get work done.

II. Pray for Opportunity – Ch. 2:1-5

Point: As we join God in His vision we need to pray for opportunities to impact the world.

III. Pray for Organization – Ch. 3

Point: We need to pray that the right people are in the right spots.

IV. Pray for Opposition – Ch. 4 (key v. 6)

Point: Pray for those who dare try and stop the vision from moving forward.

V. Pray for Openhandedness – Ch. 5

Point: Vision costs!!!!!!

VI. Pray for our Successes – Ch. 6:15-19

Point: We can’t allow our success to cause us to slack in our work. For every work that is done there is still more work to do.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

One Year Ago

It was a year ago today that First Goodwill Church and myself stepped out on faith to renovate our church which needed repairs badly. We met at the church on Wednesday night for prayer and clean up. We moved everything out of the building except the pews and items we no longer wanted because on Thursday contractors were coming in to start demolishing. For the next three (3) months we were homeless (figuratively speaking) while our building was being repaired.

This was, and still is, a huge step of faith for our church in an effort to offer God our very best.

As I reflect over the year, I must give God praise for His faithfulness and favor He has extended to our church. With a new bill, God has allowed us to continue to do ministry, make our monthly mortgage payment, and meet salary obligations. During this recession, God has saw fit to make all things possible for us financially. Our giving has increased 10% during the summer months which is typically low giving months in our church. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying we have a whole lot of money because we don’t. But what I am saying is that God has met our daily needs for the past year. Praise God!

The month of September has been busy with many services and many pastors with their congregations coming into the sanctuary and seen what God did through His church. They were extremely encouraged and I had the opportunity to speak with many of them after service and encourage them to dream big no matter what size the church is. There are no limits with the God we serve. He’s big and we should dream big.

I thank God that we have been able to encourage others through our step of faith but I must remind you that it’s not easy yet it is doable.

I’m looking forward to what God is going to do through our church. We have many opportunities to make a huge impact for the kingdom of God. Please continue to pray for the First Goodwill Church familythat God will see fit to continue to show favor towards us.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Sunday Thoughts - 9/13/09

Another long week that made my study time extremely hard but I was able to pull it out, “I Have Direction for My Life” – “He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake (Psalms 23:3B)”. I will post a semi-copy of the manuscript later this week if I a get a chance to correct all the grammatical, spelling, and every other error you can think of. But for now this will suffice:

Thesis Statement: God, our Shepherd, knows where He’s taking us.

1. “He leads me” speaks of the Will of God in Righteousness

2. “in paths of righteousness” speaks of the Ways of God in Righteousness

3. “for His name’s sake” speaks of the Wisdom of God in Righteousness

I had no energy at all to preach yesterday after such a long week of revival services Wednesday-Saturday in addition to my weekly work schedule.

These past few weeks have been difficult to study, pray, and preach due to thoughts of job loss because of our terrible economy. God has been gracious thus far and I can only pray He will continue to be gracious to me in this situation as well.

I found the track by Deitrick Haddon – He’s Able and it has blessed me more than words can express. In addition, it’s a song written on biblical truth, Ephesians 3:21-21 - Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. We song it for the first time Sunday and it will become our morning worship song for the next few weeks.

I can’t believe 2009 is done and now it’s time to plan for 2010, WOW. This has been a good year because God has proven Himself faithful to His children. But man, I can’t wait for 2010.

We’re getting ready for my 7th Pastoral Anniversary Service. My prayer is that our services will be filled with a spirit of revival. I don’t have the line-up yet, because we’re still working on it.

Deacon Loud is still in the hospital. He’s doing much better but he still needs our prayers.

I have meetings this week and I want to support a new fellowship with Pastor W.H Charles and Village Baptist Church during this week of revival services. And I want to hear some good preaching for myself. One of my meetings this week can change the course of things in our ministry for the better. So I solicit your prayers for God’s guidance and will share outcome when time is right.

That’s it, that’s all, peace!

Friday, September 11, 2009

I REMEMBER

I remember 9/11 has if it were yesterday. I was at work when Tracy called me; “Babe, did you see what happened?!” I had not a clue and then everyone in the office ran to the lunchroom to turn on the television. When I got in the room everyone was crying uncontrollably. I looked up and there it was planes flying into buildings, people jumping out of windows, news reporters everywhere, fire engines, police, civilians, good Samaritans, buildings collapsing, dust everywhere, people covered with dirt, people running for cover. I was stunned at the chaos taken place in NYC. I had no words, I couldn’t get a prayer out, I sat down in total shock. What’s happening? Is this the end? Has Jesus come back to take us home? This can’t be happening?

The scene of that day is still vivid in my mind as the entire world stayed glued to the television for half the day. People started calling family/friends to see if everybody was safe. Tears flowing, mixed emotions, anger, questions, concerns, fear, heart-break, and a re-focus filled the room of those things that are important in life.

Yes, re-focus!

In life, many of us lose sight of those things that are important and tragedy has a way forcing us to re-focus our attention on the main thing. I challenge you as we remember 9/11 as a country, individuals, and Christians to take this time to think of what’s important by asking yourself:

- If I die tonight, will enter into everlasting peaceful rest with God our Father?
- Am I pursuing my career and ambitions more than developing my relationship with God?
- When was the last time you spoke to God?
- How’s your family life?
- Do you have unforgiveness in your heart?
- Are you allowing your past mistakes dictate your future progress?
- Do you have a church home?
- Are you looking for a church home?
- Are you active in church ministry?
- How do you spend your time and money?
- Have you shared the love of Christ with the un-saved?
- Are accountable to anyone who can ask you tough questions regarding sinful habits?

The point is this, remembering 9/11 is remembering all those who died and those who survived. But also, 9/11 should be a time of re-focus.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Please Pray for Me

Let me state my claim upfront, I am under no illusions that a strong church is a praying church and a praying church has praying people. The best support a person can give to the church is to pray for their church and the people of their church.

It is not my intention to be so simple that we miss the important principle of prayer support in the local church and that principle is this;

THE LOCAL CHURCH NEEDS YOUR PRAYERS!

It is not my intention to be so simple that I downplay the need for prayer in the local church. I believe in prayer. I believe prayer works. I believe God hears and answers prayer! I believe that a strong Christian is a praying Christian. I believe that all efforts of the local church will not be achieved if not covered with believing prayer.

And I also believe that prayer is pivotal in the life of the local church no matter how big or small that church may be.

This message has a two-fold purpose:

To emphasize prayer in the life of the believer

To maximize prayer in the life of the church

If our church is going to be a strong, vibrant, effective, and healthy church it starts and continues and is kept with the prayer support of its members.


Let’s look into this letter from Paul to the Colossian church to help increase the level of prayer support in our local church assembly.

I. The Consistency of Prayer – v. 2a “Continue earnestly in prayer…”

I have a book in my office by John Hull and Tim Elmore entitled; “Pivotal Praying”. In the opening chapter; “What is pivotal praying?” He tells the story of John Welch who started his life with the dream of becoming a missionary. As the nervous young sat in the mission agency’s office, he assured the interviewer that he and his new bride were committed to working hard, managing their resources as good stewards, and sharing Christ with as many people as possible. His future looked bright.

Then it all seemed to come crashing down. His dream began to fall apart. During their cross-cultural preparation, he and his wife realized she could never endure the rigors of life overseas. Her body was fragile and frail. If they went to Africa as planned, she would certainly die.

Confused and emotionally crushed, the young man returned home. His tragic tale continued as he failed to find a ministerial position. The first blow had left him devastated. This one left him depressed.

One night he awoke from sleep feeling the weight of his failed dream. His hands were clammy and his temperature ran high. He was angry. He was baffled. He began to wrestle with God over his calling. How could God call him to change the world, then close all doors to ministry? It was during this time in prayer that God reminded him of his original commitment to work hard, to manage his resources, and to share Christ with as many as people as possible.

Bingo! His entire attitude changed. It suddenly struck him that he could still remain true to his commitment, wherever he worked. So he prayed exactly for this.

He decided to work for his dad, a dentist who had a small business on the side that produced juice for church Communion services. As his father grew older, the young man took over the business and determined to use it to touch the world for Christ. He would keep his promise be financially supporting others who could go overseas as missionaries.

He built the company into a huge business enterprise. In fact, we serve the juice every first Sunday during communion our service, his name was Welch maker of Welch’s Grape Juice.

This man’s life was changed for the better and it began with prayer.

The crisis of life can do one of two things: pull you away from God or draw you closer to God through prayer.

Life as we know it in the local church is changing before our very eyes. Many churches are struggling to keep their doors open. The local church has goals and ambitions that can only be met through the fervent prayers of the righteous.

Here are a few practical principles of prayer in the local church and life of the believer that we should hold onto:

A. Never stop praying – Paul says: “Continue earnestly in prayer.” It is also said in other translations; “Devote yourselves to prayer” or “Continue steadfastly in prayer”. The point is that we should never stop praying. Jesus tells a story in Luke 18 verses 1-8 that helps to drive the principle to never stop praying. Jesus says; “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor 1regard man. 3 Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, 2‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ 4 And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, 5 byet because this widow troubles me I will 3avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’ ”
6 Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. 7 And cshall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? 8 I tell you dthat He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”

To never stop praying is to pray without losing heart. It’s hanging in there between the first initial request and the final answer. Never stop praying is prayers in the meantime.

B. Prayer is hard work – “Continue earnestly in prayer”. We are instructed to be strong in prayer. Prayer is not an idle past time, or an optional exercise reserved for the “spiritual” prayer warrior. Prayer is the ministry of the church. We can’t expect things to come easy for us in life and in the church. There are times when we have to work hard to maintain by praying during those time when we ourselves doubt that God is even listening to what we have to say. Prayer will mean nothing to you if it doesn’t cost you something.

C. Prayer is powerful – While this may not be stated in the text, I believe it’s worth stating because if we keep on praying in hard work results will follow. I believe this to be true because in Acts 2:42-47 it is said that the church continued in prayer. Verse 41 God added to the church and in verse 42 God was adding to the church but sandwich in between the church was praying. This tells me that there is no secret formula for growing a church, just pray. This tells me that there is nothing outside of our capacity to do to grow the kingdom of God, just pray. We can accomplish our goals and ambitions through prayer. Prayer can change the hearts and minds of our enemies. Prayer can move obstacles in our way so we can get to where God wants us to be.

The final analysis is that PRAYER WORKS!


II. The CONDUCT of our Prayers – “With an alert mind and thanksgiving”.

The conduct of our prayers is seen in two ways in the text:

- Be Ready to pray

Before going to the cross, Jesus in Matthew 26 goes to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray and he took Peter, James, and John. He tells them to take a seat while He goes to pray. Upon His return He finds all three disciples asleep. He wakes them up and says to them in verse 40; “Wake up! Couldn’t you stay up for a little while to pray? Stay alert and pray, otherwise, temptation will overpower you. For though the spirit is willing enough, the body is weak!”

In other words, be ready to pray by guarding your prayer life! Let’s clear that Paul’s instruction to continue in prayer is not an instruction that says that we are to be on our knees at all time with our eyes closed praying. But, that we should always be ready to pray in any and every circumstance. To do this means, we must guard ourselves of those things that will prevent readiness to pray. Things like:

Prayerlessness. James 4:2 says, “You do not have, because you do not ask” (ESV). Indeed, the biggest reason why many of us are not the beneficiaries of answered prayer is simply because we do not pray. There is much you can do about your situation after you pray. But there is nothing you can do that will make a real difference until you pray.

Unconfessed sin. In Psalm 66:18, the psalmist says, “If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.” Now, this is not to say that you have to be perfect in order to get a prayer through. It means that effective prayer begins with the confession of sin.

Selfish motives. But James 4:3 states: “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.” The Lord does not answer selfish prayers. Sure, you can pray about your own needs and desires. But remember that the priority of prayer is God and his glory, not you are your wants.

Broken Fellowship. In Matthew 5:23-24, Jesus says, “So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leaven your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” In a real sense, all prayer is corporate prayer, in that God will not talk to you if you refuse to talk to your brother. For instance, 1 Peter 5:7 warns husbands that if we do not live with our wives in an understanding way, our prayers will be hindered.

A lack of faith. James 1:6-7 instructs, “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts Is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the win. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.” Believing prayer is short-circuited when the one who prays doesn’t really believe. Hebrews 11:6 says, “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”

- Be grateful in prayer

We should not only be ready to pray but we should also be grateful in prayer. Prayer is not just for us to pour out to God everything we want, need, and desire. Prayer is also recognizing the goodness of God as well. In other words, God has done more for us than we give Him credit for.


III. The CONTENT of our Prayers – v. 3-4

I used to say that how we pray was more important than what we say. However, I have to change that thought process. I believe now more than ever before that how we pray and what we pray are synonymous. Meaning, what we pray is just has important as how we pray.

It’s evident in this text that Paul who’s in prison didn’t ask the Colossian to pray for his release. Instead, he prayed that God would open a door to minister the gospel. Paul’s mind was not on his current circumstances, instead, he was more concerned about the sharing the gospel of Jesus from jail.

Jesus taught us the same lesson when hanging on the cross when He prayed; “Let this cup pass from me. Not My will Lord, but Your will be done.”

In Matthew chapter 6 in the Model Prayer, Jesus teaches that one of our petitions should be; “Thy kingdom come, thy will be down on earth as it is heaven”.

The content of prayers should never loose sight of why we exist and that is to fulfill the will of God for our lives for His glory alone.

How do we as a church and individuals fulfill the will of God for our live?

- Pray for Opportunity to share the gospel – “as for me, that God would open to us a door for the word”.

- Pray for direction to share the gospel – “that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.”

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Revised Preaching Plan

My sermon series has changed drastically since my last post. Below is a revised preaching schedule for 2009-2010. In 2010, I’m making a conscience effort to insure adequate rest to prevent burnout. This year I’ve had maybe 2 or 3 Sundays off from preaching and I’m feeling it now, I’m burnout big time.

Therefore, I’m planning a vacation Sunday every quarter of 2010 to devote to rest and refreshment. What is a vacation Sunday? Simply, I’m not going to church! I will schedule a guest preacher, one of whom I can trust to preach the word without focusing on the numbers sitting before him. This is one of the reasons I don’t leave the pulpit at First Goodwill. I’m not embarrassed about where I am right now. If I stay faithful to my assignment God will do the rest of the work. As well, I understand there are some things I can’t control in our membership like a member dying, moving to another city, or just deciding to stay home on Sunday mornings. My main concern is the people of God being fed the Word of God without any qualifiers.

So, I’m committing some time in prayer the 4th qtr of 2009 as to whom to ask to preach in my place on “vacation Sunday”. Until then, I’m giving it all I got.

Disclaimer: The Holy Spirit may change this preaching schedule at anytime as He see fit to do so.


09/06/09 Trusting God Our Shepherd - He stores my soul - Psalms 23:3a

09/13/09 Stewardship Sunday-Trusting God Our Shepherd-I have direction for my life-Psalms 23:3b

09/20/09-Evangelism Sunday-Trusting God Our Shepherd-I'm not afraid of deathPsalms 23:4

09/27/09-On vacation

10/04/09 -Trusting God Our Shepherd -I'm Taking care of - Psalms 23:5a

10/11/09-Stewardship Sunday -Trusting God Our Shepherd - I'm honored -Psalms 23:5b

10/18/09 -Evangelism Sunday-Trusting God Our Shepherd-I'm Blessed - Psalms 23:5c

10/25/09 - Stewardship Sunday-Trusting God Our Shepherd-It's all good-Psalms 23:6a

11/01/09 - Pastor's Anniversary

11/08/09 - Pastor's Anniversary

11/15/09-Evangelism Sunday-Trusting God Our Shepherd-I'm going home to live with Jesus-Psalms 23:6b

11/22/09-Thanksgiving Sermon-The God of Our Trust-Jehovah-Ezer: Lord our Help-Psalms 33

11/26/09-The God of Our Trust-Jehovah-Shammah: The Lord Is There-Ezekiel 48:35

11/29/09-God Is In Charge-You Can Feel Safe-2 Thess 1:1-12

12/06/09-God Is In Charge-You Can Stay Calm-2 Thess 2:1-17

12/13/09-Christmas Sermon-God Is In Charge-You Can Keep At It-2 Thess 3:1-18

12/20/09-A Heart For Missions-The Message of Missions-Luke 2:8-32

12/27/09-Vision Sunday-State of the Church Address-An Agabus Ministry-Acts 21:10-12

01/03/10-How To Pray With Power-Pray Confidently-Psalms 86

01/10/10-How To Pray With Power-Pray Persistently-Matthew 15:21-28; Luke 18:1-8

01/17/10-How To Pray With Power-Pray In Jesus' Name-John 14:12-14;15:14-16; 16:23-26

01/24/10-How To Pray With Power-Pray for Others-John 17:9-19